SIGHTS IN VANCOUVER
The best suggestion for sightseeing in Vancouver is to Google it, and see what pulls your attention and interest. We have a few art galleries, one of the main ones is on campus at UBC, The Museum of Anthropology: http://moa.ubc.ca/
Local Beaches: Kitsilano Beach, English Bay, Spanish Banks, Wreck Beach (notice: Wreck beach is a clothing optional beach.)
Best Views of Vancouver CityScape:
Grouse Mountain: You take a gondola to a local ski area. Bar and restaurant and walking trails are up on top.
If you have a car, you can drive up to Cypress Mountain and sit at the look-out for a city view.
Vancouver’s food scene is definitely on the up and up.
Asian cuisine is stellar here, as is the our classic West coast fare (seafood and fish), not to mention good old Irish/English comfort food in the many pubs.
Parks are everywhere, especially on the North Shore which is North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
Lynn Headwaters is my favourite park to walk and hike in. Busy on the weekends, but worth it.
For the avid hikers, Grouse Mountain is famous for its steep “Ground Grind” hike. Only for those with fairly medium to expert fitness levels.
The trails near UBC in Pacific Spirit Regional Park are vast and easy with gentle inclines.
Deep Cove is lovely spot to visit for kayak rentals and to experience a cozy little seaside village.
Ambleside is a trendier area with a seawall that looks to the South and towards Vancouver. Dundarave is even quieter, more retirement energy :).
Stanley park is Vancouver’s version of Central Park. There’s a walking path that circles the park, and trails within the park.
Mountain and Alpine Viewing:
Head to Whistler for a day or overnight excursion and take the Whistler gondola up the ski hill into the high alpine.
You can sightsee on top and have a beer and a burger, or both. 🙂
Ocean and Island Life:
Vancouver Island is a 90-minute ferry ride away from the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen (about 45 minutes outside of Vancouver.) From there you can sightsee in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia (it’s very British over there), or drive up island to Long Beach and Tofino (where the surfers hang out).
Saltspring Island (you must access it via Vancouver Island) is known for its artisanal goods, cheese especially, and it the quintessential island/hippie feel.
The Sunshine Coast is another popular destination, which is technically mainland BC., but it has the small town, island feel. You need to take a ferry to access this part of the mainland.
So many more!!
Have more time to stay and explore?
:: The Okanagan is British Columbia’s Wine Country. If you’re a wine lover, you can spend a few days visiting wineries and tasting all the delicious fruits and juices grown in this desert hot climate.
:: Go even further into British Columbia and make your way into the Kootenay region of BC. (my personal favourite) where you’ll find stunning lakes and mountains.
:: Go even further and you’ll reach the Rockies (bordering the province of Alberta)!
OK, there’s just SOME ideas that might wet your appetite for visiting BC in August.